KETCHIKAN (KDN) — No new cases of COVID-19 were recorded in Ketchikan on Friday, according to an evening press release from the local Emergency Operations Center.
But the community will remain at Risk Level 3 (High) through Nov. 30 in anticipation of a Thanksgiving-related spike in cases.
"On November 12th, Governor Dunleavy urged all Alaska communities to follow strict mitigation measures through the following three weeks, taking us through the Thanksgiving holiday," the EOC statement explained. "Similarly, the CDC has issued guidance for strict social distancing and limitations on gatherings for the holiday. The majority of the State of Alaska remains in the High risk alert level with a high positivity rate and case count. In addition, we expect to see an increase in travelers coming to Ketchikan for the Thanksgiving holiday."
The community's risk level will be re-examined on Nov. 30.
As of 5 p.m. Friday, 10 cases were active in Ketchikan.
Cumulatively, Ketchikan has tallied 193 cases of COVID-19, according to the EOC's Friday press release. Of those cases, 180 involved either residents or individuals remaining Ketchikan after testing. Thirteen of the total cases involve residents or individuals who did not remain in Ketchikan after testing.
The majority of Ketchikan's total cases — 108 — have involved close contacts of individuals known to be positive for COVID-19. Fifty-three cases have been linked to travel and 32 cases have been a product of community spread.
A total of 24,022 COVID-19 tests have been administered in Ketchikan, with results pending from 67 tests.
The local positivity rate was 2.84% on Friday, according to the EOC.
Statewide case information
Alaska's tally of resident COVID-19 cases rose past 25,000 on Thursday, with the most recent report from the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services counting 25,369 cases.
Thursday marked the only day this week thus far that less than 500 cases were recorded in the state. Alaska's daily case counts have hovered in the triple-digits for more than a month.
As of midnight Monday, DHSS reported the following COVID-19 statistics:
• New cases on Thursday: 462 (459 resident and three nonresident cases).
• Areas to record 10 or more resident cases on Thursday: Anchorage (227); Wasilla (35); Fairbanks (23); the Bethel Census Area (17); Delta Junction (14); Kenai (13); Eagle River (12); and Kodiak and Chugiak (10 apiece).
• Nonresident case locations: all three nonresident cases were attributed to unidentified region(s) by DHSS.
• Cumulative cases: 26,544 (of those cases, 25,369 involve resident and 1,175 are nonresident cases).
• Total hospitalizations: 606.
• Current hospitalizations: 127 (113 hospitalizations involving COVID-19 positive individuals, and 14 involving those under investigation).
• New deaths: 0.
• Total number of deaths: 101 (100 resident deaths and one nonresident death).
• Statewide tests conducted: 904,712.
• Statewide risk level: High. Alaska's average daily case rate was 75.3 on Thursday, an increase from Wednesday's average daily case rate of 75.08.
• Statewide positivity rate: 7.76%, a drop from Wednesday's 8.03% positivity rate.